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Gymnastics Wraps Up Preseason Intra-squad Slate
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 19, 2005
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 17 Arizona women’s gymnastics team held its second and final intra-squad exhibition last Friday.


The Wildcats rotated through the two events they did not compete in during the first intra-squad two weeks ago, the bars and floor exercise, but also got some work in on the vault and beam. Each gymnast was judged on their performances according to NCAA competition regulations on each event.


“Overall, I am very happy with the effort put forth by the team,” head coach Bill Ryden said.  “We showed a lot of improvement over the last two weeks in all areas.”


The Wildcats opened the exhibition on the bars and had a strong showing, hitting six of seven routines on the first attempt. Junior Aubrey Taylor led the squad with a 9.85, while freshman Alexis Greene posted a 9.7.


Arizona looks to have a solid floor lineup throughout the year and showed that potential throughout the exhibition. Sophomores Karin Wurm and Danielle Hicks each turned in scores of 9.6 or better, as did Greene.


The squad showed marked improvement on the vault, one of the events the team performed on in the first exhibition. Sophomore Rachelle Silberg and Taylor hit 9.7 vaults. Freshman Suzanne Alvey and Wurm added 9.65 scores.


Six Wildcats also worked through their beam routines and showed the progress they have made while vying for spots in the beam lineup. Freshman Briana Bergeson turned in a 9.85 performance to lead the club. Senior Erin Muirhead and Wurm added scores of 9.75, while Greene earned a mark of 9.7.


Ryden, in his eighth year at the helm of the Wildcats, is pleased with the progress of the team.


“This team will definitely mature over the season and be much better in April,” Ryden said. “I really feel that there is a ton of potential for improvement as this team finds itself.”


The Wildcats will take some time off for the Holidays before returning to the gym next week to begin final preparations for their trip to Cancun, Mexico. The season opens on Jan. 6 at the Cancun Classic.
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